DMI’s Andrea Batista Schlesinger Named to Congestion Pricing Panel
The Drum Major Institute for Public Policy has been deeply engaged in the debate over New York's proposed congestion pricing plan. We invited London Deputy Mayor Nicky Gavron to give a first-hand account of her city's experience with a congestion charge, as part of our Marketplace of Ideas series. We analyzed the New York proposal and concluded it would benefit the city's current and aspiring middle class. When the New York State Assembly issued a misguided critique of congestion pricing, we argued against it.
Now DMI has the opportunity to become more closely involved in setting a just and sustainable transportation policy for New York City with the appointment of Executive Director Andrea Batista Schlesinger to the New York City Traffic Mitigation Congestion Commission. Andrea was appointed by City Council Speaker Christine Quinn, and will serve on the 17-member commission alongside MTA Director Elliot Sander, Kathryn Wylde of the Partnership for New York City, and Assemblyman Herman Farrell Jr., among others. The commission will study both Mayor Bloomberg's congestion pricing plan and alternate ways to mitigate congestion and will make recommendations to the City Council and state legislature by the end of January 2008.